Upcoming Classes

Joyful Birthing offers a variety of classes to help parents prepare for birth, baby and all things parenthood.


Sunday, December 9th 2:00-4:00

$50 / couple

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life – the nine months of pregnancy and first two years – is a critical time of development that can set a child up for optimal health well into adulthood. Join Joyful Birthing’s Katharine Murphy, our Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant, for this informative workshop. She will teach you how to nourish your body during pregnancy and lactation, how to introduce your infant to her first tastes of real food, and how to feed the whole family in way that prevents common issues like allergies, eczema, constipation, attention issues, diabetes and more. She will share some of the best foods, supplements, and lifestyle choices that will set you and your baby up for a vibrant and healthy future. This workshop is for couples trying to conceive, couples who are pregnant, new parents, and Mamas trying to replenish their nutrient stores before growing their family again. 


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Joyful Birthing offers the 12-hour HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method childbirth course every other month in Amesbury, MA. The next group class series will be held in January on Saturday mornings from 9:30-12:30 (if these dates & times do not work for you, please be in touch as adjustments to the schedule are still possible).  The series is for you and partner and can be taken at any point during your pregnancy. Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer, who brings a uniquely personal element to the class. Having used the method herself for her two births and drawing on her experiences as a mother, birth doula, and lactation counselor, Ellie will prepare you and your partner for birth with honesty, humor, and a wealth of experience in the birthing world. You will leave this class with a renewed sense of calm, confidence, and excitement as you anticipate the birth of your baby.

Topics will include: 

The HypnoBirthing philosophy: debunking the myth that childbirth is a painful, horrific ordeal and understanding the importance of a positive expectancy around birth.

Understanding the FEAR, TENSION, PAIN connection, where it comes from, what explains it, and how to avoid it.

Questions you should be asking your provider at your prenatal visits.

The 5 HypnoBirthing Techniques, including breathing, affirmations, visualization, self-hypnosis, and relaxation.

What to expect from the difference stages & phases of labor; how to assess labor progress without a vaginal exam; the importance of your birthing environment.

How to best prepare for a hospital birth; understanding common procedures, interventions and pain-medications; how to effectively communicate your birthing wishes.

Evidence-based research that can help you make the choices that are best for you and your family.

Best practices and positions for optimal fetal positioning & smooth labor progress.

How to best navigate any special circumstances should your labor venture off-course.

Welcoming your baby into the world: the magical hour, how to optimize bonding, benefits of skin-to-skin contact, when to initiate breastfeeding, and understanding newborn procedures, including Vitamin K, Erythromycin Eye Ointment, Hepatitis B Vaccination, and circumcision.

Best practices for early newborn care and breastfeeding.

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Having a baby soon? Get ready for all things baby with Ellie Lindenmayer, mother, doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor with a prenatal breastfeeding and newborn care class. Classes are typically offered every other month.

Saturday, February 2nd: 9:30-12:30

$125 / couple

Part I: All About Breastfeeding 

Part I of Baby Boot Camp will help to prepare you for a successful breastfeeding relationship, starting at the time of birth. Learn what to expect in the first few days and weeks, how to optimize your milk supply, how to read your baby’s hunger cues, proper positioning and latching techniques, how to optimize the health benefits of breastfeeding to baby and mom in the first six months, common myths about breastfeeding, and how to avoid common problems, such as sore nipples, engorgement, and early weaning.

Topics will include:

Finding the perfect latch, with video demonstrations

Hands-on interactive positioning demonstrations, including the football hold, cross-carry, and natural positions

Common myths & misconceptions that you may even hear from hospital staff or your pediatrician regarding pacifier use, jaundice, glucose levels, alcohol & medication use, putting your baby on a schedule, nipple shields, and supplementation.

Identification of hunger cues & the importance of skin-to-skin contact

How to effectively address common troubles, including engorgement, over supply, and nipple pain

The stages of lactation, colostrum, transitional milk, and how to know when your milk has come in

How to safely enjoy a glass of wine without having to “pump ‘n dump”

Recommendations on nipple creams, using the pump, and when to introduce the pacifier

Preparing to return to work with a breastfeeding baby

Feeding solutions to try before considering formula; an overview of the safest formulas available on the market today


Part II: Baby Care Basics 

Part II of Baby Boot Camp prepares parents to understand & care for the unique needs of a newborn. We will discuss what to expect from your newborn in the first few days, weeks, and months. There will be hands-on demonstrations where you will learn about bathing, diapering, swaddling, and umbilical cord care, leaving you with the confidence to independently care for your newborn from day 1.

Topics will include:

Infant soothing techniques

A typical 24-hour day

Infant sleep needs, co-sleeping, bed-sharing &  best practices for infant sleep safety

How to reduce toxic exposure to your baby

What to expect from hospital care & procedures, including the AGPAR score & PKU test

Infant safety– how to safely hold, transport, and wear your baby

Understanding normal, healthy infant characteristics, including urination, bowel movements, breathing patterns, skin tone, burping & spitting up, reflexes, and colic symptoms


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Saturday, March 2nd: 10:00-12:00

$50  / couple

Are you wondering how you can help your baby sleep? Do you want to maximizeyoursleep during this demanding time? Join Suzanne Nystrom, a certified sleep consultant and mother of three, for this very informative workshop all about infant sleep. This workshop will give you an understanding of the biology of newborn/infant sleep, how baby’s development impacts sleep, and what to expect from your baby in the first 6 months and beyond.

Understanding newborn sleep and how to build a healthy sleep foundation early on is essential during this critical time and will allow you and your family to maximize your sleep. At this two-hour workshop, Suzanne will discuss the following topic & address the common questions:

*Setting realistic expectations of newborn/infant sleep: what to expect from your baby in the first six months.

*What does newborn sleep look like?  What is the biology behind it?

*How much will my baby sleep?  How can I incorporate my baby’s sleep throughout the day?  What will the nights look like?  When will I get sleep?

*How should I set up the nursery to ensure a good sleep environment?

*When will my baby sleep through the night?

*What kind of sleep support system should I put in place?

*Importance of sleep routines (Sleep/Eat/Wake)

*4 month sleep regression– what’s that all about?

*Working through sleep disruptions

*What is sleep training? What are the different methods? How do I know if my baby needs to be “sleep trained”? When is the best time to sleep train?

* Easy to use Tips/Resources


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Please note: Because space is limited, class fees are non-refundable. Should you be unable to attend the class you registered for, you may apply the paid fee toward any other class, workshop, or consultation.